Mrs. Leona Lapinski Leute has generously endowed a scholarship honoring her parents, Michael and Emily Lapinski, for students in the UW-Madison Polish program.

For undergraduate students currently enrolled at UW-Madison who will be continuing in UW-Madison in the next academic year, or for graduate students entering into UW-Madison or continuing in a UW-Madison graduate program, the Lapinski Scholarship provides money for UW-Madison tuition for students studying Polish language, literature, and culture. The annual application deadline is March 1; when March 1 falls on a weekend, the deadline is first Monday following March 1. Applications consist of the student application dossier and two recommendations.

The Lapinski Scholarship award selection committee consists of all faculty and staff teaching Polish language, literature and culture at UW-Madison and the chair or associate chair of the Slavic Department. The committee will consider all the information in the application dossier and the recommendations and will give preference, among undergraduate applicants, to those who have declared a major in Polish and, among graduate applicants, to those for whom Polish is a significant part of their academic program (Second Slavic language, PhD minor in Polish, and/or dissertation plan focusing on Poland or Polish). Awards will be announced by April 1 annually.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Name and Contact Information
    • 1. Name:
    • 2. Preferred Name:
    • 3. Pronouns:
    • 4. Permanent Address:
    • 5. UW Email:
    • 6. UW Student ID Number:
    • 7. Level in fall:
    • 8. If international, age of residence in US:
  2. Enrollment Information
    • 1. If you are an undergraduate, please select your *current* enrollment status here:
    • 2. If you have completed your bachelor's degree and are entering graduate school, please indicate the department where you will be matriculating.
    • 3. If you are a continuing graduate student at UW-Madison, indicate the highest degree you have already completed and name the department in which you are enrolled:
  3. Academic Program
    • 1. For undergraduates: Are you a Polish major?
    • 2. Other majors or certificates you have declared:
    • 3. For graduate students: Do you have a PhD minor in Polish?
    • 4. What is your area of focus on Poland and Polish language and culture?
  4. Polish Language Background
    • 1. Entering graduate students: Number of years of previous Polish study and name of institutions where you studied Polish:
    • 2. For all continuing students: Course number and semester/year of your highest level of Polish language class at UW-Madison (ex. Slavic 277, Spring 2018):
  5. Reference #1: Please provide the name, email address and phone number of a reference who can comment on your academic potential.
  6. Reference #2: Please provide the name, email address and phone number of another reference who can comment on your academic potential.
  7. Study Abroad
    • 1. Have you been on study abroad in Poland before? If so, when and where?
    • 2. Have you been on study abroad elsewhere before? If so, when and where?
  8. Purpose of Lapinski Scholarship: For what purpose will you use any funds awarded?
  9. Purpose of Lapinski Scholarship: if you selected study abroad, please complete the below questions. If you did not select study abroad, please leave blank:
    • 1. Name and location (city, name of university) of study abroad program:
    • 2. When will you study abroad (summer, fall/spring semester, academic year):
    • 3. Estimated program costs:
    • 4. link to program page on IAP:
  10. Statement of purpose: This is an essay in English of 800 to 1000 words in length. The essay should be in Word, in 12 point font and should be double-spaced. In your essay, explain your purpose(s) for studying Polish language, literature and culture and how the Polish program fits into your intellectual interests, academic plans and plans for life after graduation.
  11. UW-Madison transcript (unofficial campus copy is acceptable) and transcripts from any other colleges or universities attended after high school graduation (official copies for transcripts from other institutions). Please upload as one file.
  12. Sample of work in Polish studies: In English or Polish, typed in Word, not to exceed 10 pages in length. Graduate students who have not taken a Polish language or Polish literature class should submit a Russian Literature writing sample.
  13. I understand that the award I am accepting may include funds from the UW Foundation or UW System Trust Funds. By selecting 'Yes,' I hereby grant permission for the University to release my application content and information to UW Foundation, UW System Trust Funds, and/or the scholarship donor.
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